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octocoffee
Posted: Nov 18, 2007 6:09 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 24 Jun 2007 Posts: 2496 Location: USA
Every now and then when I get onto Channel-Ai, a bunch of links will appear on top of the thread. They've all got inappropriate names like "nude grandma" and other gross things like that. And sometimes it'll ask me to run an ActiveX control. This only happens on Channel-Ai, not any of the other forums I go to. So...do I have something on my computer Confused ? And does anyone know what it is? Thank you in advance for your help. Embarassed
 
Rodri
Posted: Nov 18, 2007 7:36 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 14 Mar 2007 Posts: 13565 Location: Tokyo
It seems you have adware in your PC Sad ....
It couldn't be the forum cuz it doesn't happen to me...if it was the forum..then it could be infected with pornobots (i remember the forum on my website got infected once. Blank stare )

You should try a good antivirus...i don't really know about a good one.. Blank stare Tongue ..xD...but the one i'm using is McAfee Smile


Hope it helped..xD



(have you ever noticed I use a lot of "........." ???? .....lol... Giggle
 
eyn
Posted: Nov 18, 2007 8:20 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
I believe there is nothing wrong with the forum at the moment, but quite a while ago I do notice some problem with the forum, namely an embedded iframe which loads external javascript above the topic title, quite similar to what you mentioned. btw, this problem has been taken care of (as far I know) and is most likely due to the insecure WordPress 2.3 install for the blog which allows XSS exploit. I have updated the blog to WordPress 2.3.1 which have the security issue fixed.

One thing that might help solve your problem is to remove all cookies from your browser and check your computer for spyware as Rodri mentioned. I recommend Ad-Aware, Spybot S&D and AVG Anti-Spyware. You should also use Firefox instead of IE as it is more secure and less likely to get your computer infected with spyware just by visiting websites without manually installing anything.

Please keep us updated about this issue so we know if there's any more problem and what else can be done.
 
octocoffee
Posted: Nov 18, 2007 8:27 pm Reply with quote
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All right, thank you both for your help! I have Symantec Antivirus, but I've never found it very helpful. It's more of a reactive system than a proactive one. And I actually use MSN explorer, not IE or Firefox. I'm gonna go try one of those things you mentioned now...
 
Sonny
Posted: Nov 19, 2007 6:44 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 13 Nov 2007 Posts: 91 Location: Melbourne, Australia
Hey octocoffee, It is adware that is installed on your computer. I recommend using Spyware Doctor, the best anti-spyware program out there:

Code:
http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor/


Also, just to let you know Symantec Antivirus is really bad. Well not really bad, but it is considered to be a "hog". It takes up and uses up so much system memory, that it just drags down your system, making everything slow...

I recommend using NOD32, one of the best out there. Easy-to-use, and very effective.

NOD32 website:

Code:
http://www.eset.com/


Also you may find this useful, it is the 2008 Anti-Virus software review:

Code:
http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/


Also one more thing, although Kaspersky is really good, it causes many problems internet-wise. It slows down browsing, due to their constant filters. But that can be fixed by uninstalling the web related mini programs during the Kaspersky installation.

Hope it helps! Smile
 
octocoffee
Posted: Nov 25, 2007 12:47 am Reply with quote
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Eep... I need some serious help. Embarassed I tried all four of the anit-spyware things you guys gave, plus Webroot Spy Sweeper, but they're still there! Surprised Even worse, they're permanently there. Before, if I refreshed the page, they would go away. They've also doubled in number... Shocked Would it help if I formatted my computer?
 
sljinu
Posted: Nov 25, 2007 12:52 am Reply with quote
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I think it should, considering it's a file that's installed on your computer. I think just reinstalling your OS would help, considering that if its directory is erased then it shouldn't pose a problem anymore. But i'm not 100% sure so if I'm wrong, don't sue me Laughing If reinstalling doesn't help, then wiping out the hard drive will.
 
octocoffee
Posted: Nov 25, 2007 12:59 am Reply with quote
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noob question here...how would you go about reinstalling the OS? Confused
 
sljinu
Posted: Nov 25, 2007 1:04 am Reply with quote
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Hmm...in my case, I had a setup disc for my computer and I just plug that in and restart the comp and it should automatically run. And then I just follow the steps to reinstall the OS. I'm not sure if thats how it works with all computers though...either that, or I guess you'd just put in the CD that ran the OS I guess. I'm not sure if you run that as you boot the computer or when you're already logged in but I guess you could try both
 
octocoffee
Posted: Nov 25, 2007 1:09 am Reply with quote
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Okay, thanks! I'm gonna go try that. Now I just need to find that disc...
 
Sonny
Posted: Nov 25, 2007 3:29 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 13 Nov 2007 Posts: 91 Location: Melbourne, Australia
Hmmm thats really strange... Spyware doctor should definitely be able to detect it... Ah well, but before you reinstall your OS, try system restore. Although it probably won't work, as it seems to be spyware, but its always worth a try, as reinstalling your OS should be your last resort. So just try system restore, and restore it to a previous date before the problem occurred. Then, if all else fails, reinstall your OS.
 
tommykabby
Posted: Nov 25, 2007 1:39 pm Reply with quote
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I have it too. I dont think we both would be getting it, its a bit of a coincidence (spelliiinnngggg) no?
 
octocoffee
Posted: Nov 27, 2007 11:25 pm Reply with quote
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^ Hm,,,really? Well, the weirdo gross stuff is all gone now! I didn't even have to reinstall anything. Yay! Now I can browse my favorite forum in peace. Smile Thank you again for all you help!
 
tommykabby
Posted: Nov 28, 2007 11:26 am Reply with quote
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octocoffee wrote:
^ Hm,,,really? Well, the weirdo gross stuff is all gone now! I didn't even have to reinstall anything. Yay! Now I can browse my favorite forum in peace. Smile Thank you again for all you help!


Its gone for me too! Thanks for fixing it Giggle
 
Rodri
Posted: Dec 12, 2007 8:52 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 14 Mar 2007 Posts: 13565 Location: Tokyo
^So the forum was inffected with pornobots...I guess eyn deleted them cuz they are gone..... Smile
 
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